The Paddlefoot Story


She came to us in May of 1992 from a private otter farm whose owners have long since retired on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana. She was one of three puppies born to a wild-trapped mother. We named her Paddlefoot. She was destined to a life unlike most North American river otters; a specialized diet of ground sirloin, mink meal, cod liver oil, egg, shredded carrots, and tomato juice; three 1,500 gallon swim-tanks in a nice shaded play yard; the option of sleeping indoors during cold winter nights or in an air-conditioned playroom when the weather was hot and humid, and other luxuries unknown to any wild river otter.

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